…”in THEIR best interest”…

A PATRIOT: Noun, a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.
Patriots were those colonists of the Thirteen Colonies who rebelled against British control during the American Revolution and in July 1776 declared the United States of America an independent nation. Their rebellion was based on the political philosophy of republicanism, as expressed by spokesmen such as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Thomas Paine. They were opposed by the Loyalists who instead supported continued British rule…Wikipedia

A Politician: A politician is a person active in party politics, or a person holding or seeking office in government. In democratic countries, politicians seek positions within a government through elections or appointment. In non-democratic countries, they employ other means of reaching power through appointment, bribery, revolutions and intrigues…Wikipedia

A Career Politician: Very Similar to His/Her Cousin as described above. They’re “Low Lifes” from either party (but it seems as thought the “DemocRATS” have the upper hand in this field @ this time in History). Career Politicians, how ever, have much more of a focus centered on Their Personal Gain in Position & (most importantly) Financial Gain. This is reflective by comparin’ their Entry Level Positions & Financials to their Exit Levels. Check’em out! The VAST Majority WILL prove this out…BG>

Politicians & Especially Career Politicians are staunchly against Patriots enterin’ their chosen career fields. Patriots are not afraid to do what they say they will do. Politicians & Career Politicians Do not/Will not! Just look at this scenario currently playin’ out in our country RIGHT NOW!

Democrats ▸ Hillary (The Loser) Clinton. Lincoln Chafee . Lawrence Lessig. Martin O’Malley. Bernie Sanders. Jim Webb.
Republicans ▸ Jeb (“Cry Baby”) Bush. Ben Carson. Chris Christie. Ted (“Lying Ted”) Cruz. Carly Fiorina. Jim Gilmore. Lindsey Graham. Mike Huckabee. Bobby Jindal. John Kasich. George Pataki. Rand Paul. Rick Perry. Marco (“Little Marco”)Rubio. Rick Santorum. Scott Walker, (& oh yeah The Patriot) Donald Trump.

I guess I don’t need to, but I choose too, REMIND you that “The UNDERDOG WON”! 99.9% of the Political Gurus, Experts, News Annalists, Main Stream Media (MSM) Syndicates (& I mean Syndicates) had already hand picked The Winner…WHO turned out to be “THE LOOSER”! Now, all of the Career Politician Losers seem to be gatherin’ on all sides to take down The Winner/The Patriot/The President Of The United States (POTIS) before he can bring an end, “Drain The Swamp”!, to their Chokin’ Grasp on our Great Nation & their “Cash Cows”. There’s also a horrible side effect that has seemed to follow that election & the issues it has spawned. I refer to it as “SSDS” (Sudden Suicide Death Syndrome)! An Ole Game Show Host used to ask a question, of his participants, in order to win the Game, “Do You Know The Count & Amount”? It’s scary to think about, isn’t it? The Game isn’t over yet…

It’s sad that in our country, today, the vast majority of the Career Politicians are more Socialist than anything else. They are doing their best to give away all that has been Fought for, Bled for, & Died for through the many Generations of our Forefathers & all the way up to Current Military Men & Women Of These United States (well except for California). The “wolf is at the door”! I {{{{{ SALUTE ! }}}}} these Brave Warriors, for THEY truly knew/know the Cost Of Freedom!

“The “wolf at the door” refers to any danger or predator that seeks to ravage the inhabitants within, ranging from starvation and poverty to physical death. when the wolf is at the door you are starving, the outside is coming in and your security is gone. If a hungry wolf is at your door, you are in serious trouble”…unknown

Career Politicians…NO! I cannot put my trust in THEIR best interest, because their best interest is NOT MINE! “God Bless America”!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

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…”Remember The Alamo”…

I hope all of you that are, or are plannin’ on, celebratin’ “Cinco De Mayo” enjoy this day. It means so much to The Country Of Mexico. They SHOULD be celebratin’ it, THERE!..
As for me, I have NO TIES to Mexico. I have received some Flack & Differin’ Opinions from mine. But I respect their opinion as I would hope they would respect mine. Though some are questionable. Nuff said…

I don’t Celebrate Mexican Wars:

The Battle of the Alamo

In December 1835, in the early stages of Texas’ war for independence from Mexico, a group of Texan (or Texian) volunteers led by George Collinsworth and Benjamin Milam overwhelmed the Mexican garrison at the Alamo and captured the fort, seizing control of San Antonio. By mid-February 1836, Colonel James Bowie and Lieutenant Colonel William B. Travis had taken command of Texan forces in San Antonio. Though Sam Houston, the newly appointed commander-in-chief of the Texan forces, argued that San Antonio should be abandoned due to insufficient troop numbers, the Alamo’s defenders–led by Bowie and Travis–dug in nonetheless, prepared to defend the fort to the last. These defenders, who despite later reinforcements never numbered more than 200, included Davy Crockett, the famous frontiersman and former congressman from Tennessee, who had arrived in early February.

On February 23, a Mexican force comprising somewhere between 1,800 and 6,000 men (according to various estimates) and commanded by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna began a siege of the fort. The Texans held out for 13 days, but on the morning of March 6 Mexican forces broke through a breach in the outer wall of the courtyard and overpowered them. Santa Anna ordered his men to take no prisoners, and only a small handful of the Texans were spared. One of these was Susannah Dickinson, the wife of Captain Almaron Dickinson (who was killed) and her infant daughter Angelina. Santa Anna sent them to Houston’s camp in Gonzalez with a warning that a similar fate awaited the rest of the Texans if they continued their revolt. The Mexican forces also suffered heavy casualties in the Battle of the Alamo, losing between 600 and 1,600 men.

From March to May, Mexican forces once again occupied the Alamo. For the Texans, the Battle of the Alamo became a symbol of heroic resistance and a rallying cry in their struggle for independence. On April 21, 1836, Sam Houston and some 800 Texans defeated Santa Anna’s Mexican force of 1,500 men at San Jacinto (near the site of present-day Houston), shouting “Remember the Alamo!” as they attacked. The victory ensured the success of Texan independence: Santa Anna, who had been taken prisoner, came to terms with Houston to end the war. In May, Mexican troops in San Antonio were ordered to withdraw, and to demolish the Alamo’s fortifications as they went.

In 1845, the United States annexed Texas. For many years afterward, the U.S. Army quartered troops and stored supplies at the Alamo. In 1883, the state of Texas purchased the Alamo, later acquiring property rights to all the surrounding grounds. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, a women’s organization including descendants of the earliest Texan residents, has managed the Alamo since 1905. Today, more than 2.5 million people a year visit the 4.2-acre site, which includes some original structures dating back to the mission period. History…

#2) Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s difficult victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. Wikipedia…
To me it’s kind of like celebratin our loss at The Alamo. “Remember The Alamo”! I don’t celebrate THAT Mexican War either. Just one man’s opinion…“Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”afraid of future competition”…

This country has always Protected it’s IMPORTANT PEOPLE with Weapons/Guns! As do other nations around the world.

Just for example, for those Idiots who don’t understand that, maybe this might help you. In our country we protect The President, with Secret Service Agents, both while in office & even once he (so far there has never been a HER) has left office for LIFE. The Vice President for as long as he (again, there has never been a HER) is IN office. All of our Legislative Offices, Judicial Offices, Military Bases, and on and on and on.

In this Country Children (Elementary School, High School, & yes even Colleges) have pretty much been considered  as “Hands Off”. But it seems as thought that has changed too. For some strange, Charles Whitman decided to change that in Austin, TX. back in the 1966. And the most recent down in Parkland, FL.

Crazy People come in all shapes, forms, sizes, colors, & religions. I’m sure there are probably many other categories that could be listed. Some influenced by politics, video games, religious beliefs, drugs, dropouts, unsuccessful students, lack of love or supervision at home, and on and on and, on. But for some reason it doesn’t seem to be of the utmost importance to protect the future leaders of this country. Does that show that current Career Politicians want to eliminate the completion in future years? I sure as hell hope not. Although some I DO wonder about!

I realize that Federal, State, County Governments, & Local Municipalities would have to work that into their budgets. And like ALL good politicians none of them want to raise taxes to cover such issues. But throw “A Little PORK” item out there that they can steal from & they’ll all vote for it. Nor do any of them want {{{{{ GUNS }}}}} in schools for possible protection situations. They would rather let Law Enforcement handle that. Then they have dodged that “Budget Bullet”.

Then there is the argument about Law Enforcement Response Time! Hum-m-m…recently in Florida it took 20 some odd minutes! WHY!!! How do YOU feel on this? Maybe YOUR child, niece or nephew, neighborhood children will be next? Hum-m-m…Oh well, lets study it & MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, vote on it in a few years. We’ll just wait on our Career Politicians to decide on that, if they’re really NOT afraid of future competition…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”those ole wrinkled faces”…

Heads with White/Gray/Silver Hair. Heads just tryin’ to hang on to Hair. Heads with NO Hair @ all. They weren’t always like that. The bodies aren’t as slim, trim, toned, nor as muscular as they once were. Most of us don’t like to admit to it. Time/Life has taken its toll on us. But we are still more fortunate than some of our “Ole Runnin’ Buddies” that are no long among us. To those I say “it was fun while it lasted”…Salute!

Many of the faces are heavily covered with facial hair. Some of us still have a hard time growin’ it. Voices are a bit different. Some broken, some more gravelly than before, many are more mellowed than before, several are still soft spoken, & others of us are still just as loud as always.

Lookin’ around me at lunch today was a sight. But a good sight! There are several “Old Men”, Fifteen (15) to be exact & One (1) Teenager/Grandson, that joined together, as circumstances allowed, to renew friendships. Most are retired but there are still some that are workin’.  We all looked around to see who was there. Greetin’s, hand shakes, cussin’, & yes even some “Manly Hugs” were shared. At the same time we are all lookin’ around & noticin’ “who’s not here” since our last get together. It’s as though we are inquirin’ to the others if who ever is not there is OK. It’s kinda funny, yet also serious. And as always if they’re not there they ARE talked about, good or bad, & laughed about.

We take/make time, out of our busy lives, to break bread, slurp some hot soup, sop biscuits in gravy, or graze their way around a bowl of salad (Yuck!). Cause their Wife’s or Doctor told’em they needed to & then take all the smart-ass comments about it. All in jest!

We come from various backgrounds. Many of us were from the same neighbor hood. Many of us played “Little League” ball together @ Wahouma Park. Many of us went to grammar school together. Many of us spent endless summer days at the same Swimming Pool (Cascade Plunge).

We were a blendin’ of different High Schools. But the comradery was always, and still is, there. Many were Academicians, many were Jocks, others just were what ever they wanted to be!

Many went on to College, several went into The Military, others went on to find Careers, & some started families. The years passed by, as they still do. Over the years (for various reasons) many of us kept up with others & some didn’t. Our paths went in so many different directions. That’s life!

But destiny has been kind to us. It has, for what ever reason, chosen to reunite many of us back together, once, a month to share little more than an hour to an hour & a half together. But what a fun & interestin’ time it is. Oh-h-h and the colorful conversations that are over heard! Some true, some distorted, & many just made up!

I consider myself lucky, fortunate, & blessed to be a part of this “Fellowship”. I’m sure I could use many more adjectives (there’s a $0.25 word throw-in) to describe how I feel. But then I would be admittin’ that, when I actually was in class way back when, I really was payin’ attention.

It was good to see all of those ole wrinkled faces today & I look forward to seein’em again next month.Until then,..”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Until next time my Brothers”…

Today, Saturday, My Bride & I were fortunate to be able to meetup with several/five (5) “Ole Friends” & their wives @ The Birmingham Boat Show. An event many/most of us thru the years have used as an opportunity to unite, refresh friendships, & just catch up with each other. Most of us guy’s have been runnin’ buddies from Grammar School days, High School days, Cascade Plunge, & Wahouma Ball Park days. A couple of us did time in the Military, a couple of others took the College route, as the others found their careers & started families. Yet as our Military & College Days came to an end we all just seemed to find one another as though we had never parted. Now all but two (2) of us are retired after various different career fields, families are raised, & we all brag on Grandchildren. Most of us have been Bass Fishin’ buddies since the mid to late 1970’s. A few of the others have joined us in those adventures in latter years. We just wander aimlessly just lookin’, admirin’, & dreamin’ of that Next Boat! Oh the options that are available now days along with extreme price tags! But, Toys do get expensive no matter what your interest may be. After a few hours we left the Boat Show. There we lost one couple to other activities. Yet met up with another across town for a casual dinner. The {{{{{ Cold Beer ! }}}}} began to flow as The Stories got to be “Tall Tales & Fairy Lies” of days gone by. The laughter at times got loud & out of control as one story topped the previous. But we didn’t reallyseem to care. The Management didn’t ask us to tone it down of threaten ot have us removed so I guess we didn’t offent the others around us too much. Everyone had a Yarn to tell! Too many to count. The Brides all seemed to enjoy the “Tellin’ of Tales” even as some of them, at times, really got vivid with details from yesteryear. I feel both blessed & fortunate to have shared my life & memories with these guys (& their Brides). No one bought a Boat but we had “One Hell Of A Day”! Until next time my Brothers (from different Mothers)…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Well, thank goodness I did”…

Once a year we all think of/reminisce about Birthdays in our lives that REALLY stand out. I can say I’ve had Two (2). How about you? Today, as  I turned 66 years of age, I catch myself doin’ the same thing. Just think about this for a {{{{{ FLASH ! }}}}}. What happened in YOUR life 50 years ago today??? Well, Fifty (50) years ago today, in 1967, I turned {{{{{ 16 ! }}}}}. No – NOT SWEET either! Then in 1972, I lost a $20:00 bet! I had bet a friend of mine, two (2) weeks earlier, that I probably wouldn’t live to see my 21st Birthday. Because just two (2) months earlier I was a proverbial “Dear John” & was feelin’ sorry for myself! Oddly enough a few years ago, that ole friend, from my Germany/USAF days, was visitin’ with us. We were relivin’ old days & that came up in conversation. My Bride, who I married twice in 1975, had always accused me of makin’ that story up. But, my ole friend confirmed I paid off that lost bet, at The Roman Inn (a Pizza & Beer Restaurant on base) where my friends, in Germany, had organized a get together for my 21st Birthday! Well, thank goodness I did. That was one drunken night in my life. To all of you out there who are also celebratin’ your Birthday today, & I know one Artiest that is, I hope y’all have as wonderful of a day as I’m havin’…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>Just Chillin' (2)

…”A date that will live in infamy”…

December 7, 1941 – “A date that will live in infamy”!

Seventy-Six (76) years ago we were Attacked @ “Pearl Harbor” by the “Japanese Empire”. Thankfully we do not speak Japanese here today. If you are fortunate enough to cross paths, on this day especially, with a Veteran of “The Attack on Pearl Harbor” {{{{{ Please }}}}} go out of your way to “Thank Them For Their Service”. We are slowly losing these Heroes. The day will come when when you can’t. Don’t take a knee. Stand tall, show Pride for what they did for YOU, Salute them or look them in the eyes while you shake their hand & simply say “Thank You For Your Service”. Because of them we still, well most of us, speak English in this country…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>